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Climate Change: A Guide For Teachers Of All Disciplines

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune and AICTE via Swayam

Overview

Climate Change is one of the most significant issues of our times and a key impeding factor affecting the pace of sustainable and equitable development of every country. Educating forthcoming generations about the causes and effects of global climate change is imperative as implementing solutions depends on their scientific, technical and leadership abilities. In this context, there is an urgent need to develop new education modules and pedagogical methods to inculcate environmental understanding in today’s students, in such a way that, every future citizen would be better equipped to identify appropriate solutions to mitigate climate change and reverse its impacts.
As part of the ARPIT 2020, the National Resource Centre on Climate Change at IISER Pune will present a number of educational resources including customized lesson plans to teach climate change topics at undergraduate level. As climate change is the most pressing problem humanity is facing, it is imperative that all teachers should have an understanding of the science of climate change and how their discipline-specific knowledge can increase awareness of the issue. This course will focus on providing teachers with training in the use of new pedagogical methods to introduce climate-change related content in their classrooms while teaching their discipline-specific topics. These pedagogical resources are developed such a way that a teacher representing any discipline would be able to gain new knowledge and can effectively integrate climate science with topics in their curriculum.

It will include video lectures, associated ppts, educational resources including lesson plans and digital pedagogical tools, and assessment material on both the science of climate change and on discipline specific climate change education.
This course is suitable for teachers of all disciplines

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT

Topics

1. Introduction to Climate Change And Climate Science (Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland)
2. Climate Archives, Climate Data and Climate Models(Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland)

3. Climate Change on (a) Tectonic Timescales, (b) Orbital Timescales, (c) Glacial/Deglacial Timescales, (d) Millenial Timescales, (e) Historical Timescales(Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland)

4. Modern Climate Change/ Global Warming(Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland)
5. Educational Resources To Integrate Climate Change Education With Core Curriculum(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)
6. Climate Change Education For All Disciplines (CHOOSE ANY ONE DISCIPLINE FROM BELOW )
(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

a. Climate Change in the Chemistry Classroom
Lesson plans and teaching tools on Biogechemical Cycles, The Carbon Cycle, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Isotopes, Molecular Structure of Compounds, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, pH Scale, Acids and Bases, Ocean Acidification, Chemical Weathering, The Urey Reaction, Carbon Chemistry.(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)
b. Climate Change in the Physics Classroom
Lesson plans and teaching tools on Blackbody Radiation, Convection, Energy and Mass Conservation, Coriolis Force, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Hadley Circulation, Heat Transport, Planck’s Law, Planetary Energy Balance, Stefan Boltzmann Law.(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)
c.
Climate Change in the Maths and Statistics ClassroomsLesson plans and teaching tools on Calculus, Integration, Differentiation, Trigonometry, Sine and Cosine Functions, Polynomial Differentiation, Tangent Line Problems, Analysis, Linear Regression, Quadratic Regression, Time Series, Uncertainty, Correlation Coefficients, Confidence Intervals, Errors, Students t distribution.(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)
d.
Climate Change in the Biology ClassroomLesson plans and teaching tools on Biodiversity, Species and Speciation, Species Distribution and Species Habitats, Range Shift, Survival Skills, Phenology, Phenophases, Leaf-out, Flowering and Bud Burst, Sex Determination, Human Health, Epidemiology, Vector borne Diseases, Microbes(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

e.
Climate Change in the Geography ClassroomLesson plans and teaching tools on Glaciers, Glacial Retreat and Glacial Melting, Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods, Water Resources and Water Security, Urban Heat Islands.(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

f.
Climate Change in the Social Sciences ClassroomLesson plans and teaching tools to on Climate Refugees, Environmental Migration, Climate Justice, Climate Change and Behavior, Climate Change and Children, Food Security, Human Health and Disease(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

g.
Climate Change in the Environmental Sciences ClassroomLesson plans and teaching tools on Water Security, Human Health and Disease, Climate Justice, Agro-ecosystems, Food Production and Crop Yields, Climate Resilient Agriculture, Energy.(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

h. Climate Change in the Economics Classroom
Lesson plans and teaching tools on Cost benefit Analysis, Carbon pricing, Tragedy of the Commons, Poverty, Global Economy and Energy, Economics and Geopolitics of Oil, Carbon Taxes(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

i. Climate Change in the Humanities Classroom
Lesson plans and teaching tools on Climate Change Literature, Climate Fiction CliFi, Climate and Culture, Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture, Climate Change and Human Rights, Climate Refugees, Historical Climatology, The Decline of Civilizations(Rahul Chopra, Course Coordinator NRC Climate Change IISER Pune)

Taught by

Dr. Rahul Chopra

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